Oct 19, 2019

Lone House Republican to consider Trump's impeachment announces retirement

Photo: Rooney in Nov. 2018. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) announced his retirement on Saturday, the Washington Post reports — one day after saying he was "still thinking about" whether he considers President Trump's conduct in Syria impeachable.

The big picture: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — the most powerful Republican in the Senate — has fiercely rebuked Trump over his actions in Syria, as have other high-ranking GOP allies.

“What’s he going to do to me? I mean, he can say bad things, but it’s just what it is. ... There’s a lot of people around who are seriously concerned about being criticized by the president. Seriously. I just want to call them as I see it. I want to get the facts and do the right thing because I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking to anybody in this building.”
— Francis Rooney to reporters on Friday, per the Post

Background: Rooney also said this week that he didn't believe acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's attempt to backpedal his statement that the White House withheld security aid to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democrats.

Go deeper: Trump impeachment inquiry takes its toll on Republicans

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Trump impeachment inquiry takes its toll on Republicans

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney gives briefing on Thursday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Some Republicans are newly struggling to support President Trump following his calls to pull troops from Syria, the Ukraine impeachment investigation and decision to host the G-7 summit at his Doral resort, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: "There’s now a growing sense among a quiet group of Republicans that the president is playing with fire, taking their loyalty for granted," writes the Post.

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How an impeached Trump wins

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

President Trump is showing how he could be impeached, survive and still win re-election, something never done before in American history.

Between the lines: Trump officials think two things must unfold for this to happen: Republicans must stay unified, in votes and voice, and the economy must be strong, in jobs and market returns. The trends are strong on both fronts.

McConnell denies Trump claim that he called Ukraine call "innocent"

Mitch McConnell conducts a news conferencein the Capitol on Tuesday. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he hadn't spoken with President Trump about the memorandum of his July phone call with Ukraine's leader that's at the center of the impeachment inquiry. That's despite Trump quoting McConnell on Oct. 3 as saying, "That was the most innocent phone call that I’ve read."

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